FACTOR IN FAMILY The desire to be close to loved ones is powerful. It often prompts people move closer to children and grandchildren or simply to stay put. AARP spokesman Nancy Thompson said she’s seeing lots of alternatives developing as people look for new ways to retire, often in proximity to friends, family, and community. “More people will be making different kinds of choices,” she said.
In Boston, for example, Beacon Hill Village offers its members programs and services to help them to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods. Nearly a dozen other communities in Massachusetts have similar “villages” either already operating or in development.